Allied Strategy in World War II

The Churchill Era, 1942–1943



In this article, Jensen discusses the difficulties that the United States, Britain, and Russia had in coordinating their military strategies during World War II. The British were more interested in a “back door” assault, while the Americans wanted to take a more direct approach. There was bickering among the three about which areas should even be attacked: the British wanted to protect their interests in Tunisia and direct an attack in North Africa, but the Americans were more hesitant to do this and wanted to attack “Hitler’s Europe” directly. During the years of the war, several military operations were planned while these countries tried to work out their differences and form a functioning coalition.


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